The last plagues: Each plague was significantly worse than the last. When we get to the plague of darkness, this is when Pharaoh was shaking in his sandals. Each god for the Egyptians was extremely important. (One day you should spend some time digging into it, or the connection each plague had in the New Testament or End Times). Anyway, back to the plagues. Overruling the sun god was HUGE! See there were lots of gods in a “god hierarchy” but the Lord went straight for the top dog in each one. I have this scene in my head after each plague was over God yelling….Next!
Chapter 11. The plague of the first born. Pharaoh was the god that mediated between man and all the gods and was in charge of divine order (obviously it’s a job that gave him a title without actually having to do anything. Think of it like being a congressman). After death, the pharaoh became divine, identified with Osiris, the father of Horus and god of the dead, and passed on his sacred powers and position to the new pharaoh, his son.
Before the last plague, lots of instructions are given, don’t forget to get all the material, gold, and silver you can carry (that’s odd, I wonder what God is planning 😁) Make this month the first month, Nisan. On the 10th day get a spotless lamb, bring it in for 4 days to ensure its unblemished state. Then there are specific instructions on what is going to happen and how you are to commemorate it.
Do you realize I worked on this post for 5 hours and have started over or deleted almost everything several times!!. There is just too much and I don’t know where to focus myself!!! I will just point out a few I suppose and explode later for not writing about all of them.
Calendar: I need the head explode emoji here. When I found out that God put all the commemorative holidays like Good Friday, Easter, (well, not Christmas, humans popped that one on the calendar, but its a wonderful day ending the advent of the birth of Christ.) So God set all his feasts on the calendar in the Old Testament to be FULFILLED on the same calendar day in the New Testament. Maybe some of you knew that, but I am telling you many don’t and it is awesome to hear it, put your hand out and say “wait, what??” and then marvel how God’s plan and details are in everything. Here are some visuals to help you get your mind around:
Chapter 12. The Passover.
This entire chapter is the overwhelming foreshadow of the Messiah and the protective blood of Christ, the Passover lamb, that takes on the wrath of God for our sins.
The lamb is sacrificed, and no bone is to be broken, just like Christ on the cross.
Exodus 12:46 “It must be eaten inside the house; take none of the meat outside the house. Do not break any of the bones.
John 19:36 These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,”
The blood would be put on the doorpost. Remember Covenant requires a sacrifice. Salvation/the way to Heaven has NEVER changed! Since Genesis Salvation has been the same as it is today.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
When we believe that Jesus was the unblemished lamb that TOOK on the wrath of God for us so we can exit our slave state to sin and death (Egypt) that’s when death will also PASSOVER us.
Chapter 12:17 Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread. So if Good Friday is the Passover, then The Festival to follow is the Resurrection 3 days later. Yeast is symbolic to sin (we will learn about this more later), it also causes decay through the fermentation process (a compelling representation of the result of sin). This Festival lines up with Easter Sunday.
John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29)
For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. (1 Cor 5:7)
They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.” (Rev 17:14)